He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment ~ Meister Eckart
All my tiredness from waiting in the queues climbing the steps to, seemed to fade away into a serene happiness
as I gazed into the face of Tian Tan Buddha (popularly known as Big Buddha) at Po Lin Monastery in Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Visiting the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong was #1 on my ‘top 10 attractions to visit in Hong Kong’ ever since my friend & Hong Kong resident payal described it to me and wrote a guest post on my blog (read here).I visited the Po Lin Monastery, which has the Big Buddha, on the second day of my HongKong solo travel in last year and it was one of my best experiences in the city.
Since I had friends in Hong Kong to help me out, I had online pre-booked cable car ride on Ngong Ping 360 (Cable Car Ride between Tung Chun in Hong Kong to Po Lin Village/Monastery Complex in Lantau Island). The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride is simply the best and easiest way to reach Big Buddha-Po Lin Monastery for travelers. If you want to know how to plan your trip to Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery and pre-book the cable car ride on Ngong Ping 360, please read my posts here and here.
Though I avoided large queues in the booking line by pre-booking, I still had to wait a bit in the queue for the crystal cabin; in the humidity of Hong Kong, that’s something! Reaching Po Lin Monastery complex with my friend Siddharth (yes, how coincidental is that…my friend’s name is Siddharth and we were visiting the Buddha!!), we first had something to eat at the Ngong Ping food court and the Big Buddha statue was clearly visible from there. With every glance, I wanted to reach up there. Soon, we started ascending the steps of the Big Buddha statue, it’s a steep ascend and can be quite tiring, especially if is not carrying any water along.
However, the moment one reaches the top and sees the face of the Buddha, every bit of tiredness washes away. The breeze at the Big Buddha statue is soothing and the views stunning!!
I would definitely visit the Big Buddha again, if I am back in Hong Kong